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Two ships of the French and US navies left the Black Sea

The large French naval reconnaissance ship Dupuy de Lome and the high-speed USNS Yuma amphibious assault ship have left the Black Sea, Istanbul news portals reported.

A French reconnaissance ship that entered the Black Sea nine days ago was in the region amid the Russian strategic military exercises Kavkaz 2020. According to open sources, the Dupuy de Lome ship is used for electronic reconnaissance in the interests of the French Military Intelligence Directorate (DRM).

USNS Yuma, an amphibious assault ship that entered the Black Sea on September 16, reportedly brought the first batch of American Patriot missile defense systems to Romania.

At the end of August, the first components of Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems were already delivered to Romania. As part of a contract signed in 2017 with the American companies Raytheon and Lockheed-Martin, Romania should receive seven Patriot air defense systems in the PAC-3 configuration. The total deal is estimated at $3.9 billion.

Romania has become the second country in Eastern Europe after Poland that currently has such missile defense systems.

After Romania, the American ship also called at the Georgian port of Batumi.

The missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) and the British Royal Navy’s reconnaissance ship HMS Enterprise, which entered the Black Sea in September, are currently in the Black Sea.

Panic in British stores over increased quarantine

Panic was noticed in British stores due to the strengthening of quarantine rules and the worsening situation with the coronavirus. Reported by The Guardian.

It is noted that supermarkets have begun to impose restrictions due to increased demand for a number of products. Specifically, Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, now allows a maximum of three packs of flour, pasta, toilet paper, and other essentials to be purchased. In addition, the network restricts online purchases of other goods, including rice and canned vegetables.

Residents of the country fear an imminent repetition of the lockdown — the country has the worst infection rates per day since the start of the pandemic.

Earlier in September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new quarantine rules that will be in effect for the next six months. He urged all those who can work from home to stop going to offices. In addition, in public places you must always wear masks, for non-compliance with this rule, the fine has been increased to 200 pounds sterling. Separate measures are designed to limit the number of people at weddings to 15 people. In this case, if the police fail to control the measures, the authorities will be able to resort to the help of the army. On September 18, Johnson admitted that the second wave of coronavirus infection is starting in the country.

Massacre in Paris: the second attacker detained

Both suspects in the attack were detained, it is reported that the second attacker is of Indian-Pakistani origin. The prosecutor’s office opened a case under the article about the terrorist attack.

Law enforcement officers detained in Paris the second suspect in the attack on passers-by near the former editorial office of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. On Friday, September 25, Le Figaro reports.

It is noted that at 13:30 the second suspect was detained near the Richard Lenoir metro station by a brigade of the railway network.

According to preliminary data, the detainee is of Indian-Pakistani origin.

Both suspects were taken into custody.

In the meantime, the prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into an attempted murder with a terrorist purpose and participation in a criminal terrorist association.

The attack reportedly took place in the morning in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, near Boulevard Richard Lenoir, where the Charlie Hebdo editorial office used to be. The attacker wounded four people, two of them were in serious condition.

We will remind, as a result of an armed attack on the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, 12 people were killed. The attack was carried out by the brother’s Sheriff and Said Kouashi, who declared their affiliation to the al-Qaeda group. They were killed during a special operation.

Quarantine measures are being strengthened in Poland

The country records a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus patients, and does not plan to close the borders, but wants to introduce point restrictions.

In Poland, starting next week, quarantine in the red and yellow areas will be tightened due to a sharp increase in coronavirus infection. This was stated by a representative of the Polish Ministry of Health Wojciech Andrusiewicz, reports on Friday, September 25.

“The Minister of Health will propose restrictions in the red and yellow areas and these restrictions are likely to appear soon. These will be restrictions regarding the possibility of meetings, contacts of people,” said Andrusewicz.

The agency continues to actively consult with experts on the future strategy to combat COVID-19. The quarantine will not be about closing borders but about spot-checking the spread of COVID-19 through restrictions in individual counties.

Andrusiewicz added that in the near future, the number of COVID-19 infections in Poland will increase due to the return of people to the normal rhythm of life after the summer vacations.

On the previous day, it was reported that in Poland, a record number of COVID infections per day. More than 20 thousand tests have been conducted in the country and more than a thousand cases of coronavirus have been detected, 25 people have died.

The second wave of coronavirus announced in the EU

All EU member states must be prepared to initiate control measures at the first sign of potential new outbreaks, the European health commissioner said.

National governments and citizens of EU countries must understand the danger of a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic. This was stated by the European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides.

“With more cases in some member states than the peak in March, it’s clear that this crisis has not gone away,” she said.

This means that all EU member states must be ready to start control measures immediately and at the right time, at the first sign of potential new outbreaks, Kyriakides said.

She stressed that otherwise, the EU will again have to resort to strict quarantine.

“Now is a defining moment and everyone must act decisively and use the tools that we have. This may be our last chance to prevent a repeat of last spring,” said the European health commissioner.